No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

November 26th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Giveaway, Review 69 Comments

26th Nov
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
by Sarah MacLean
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #3
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

A rogue ruined . . .He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.

A lady returned . . .Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed . . .It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.

No Duke Goes Unpunished the third book in the Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean was one of my most anticipated books . I received a bound arc in October and was so excited, but the printer was off, and the text was so small and so light, that even with glasses I couldn’t read it. Yes, there were tears. Then, last week my Avon Addict package came and lo and behold there was a finished copy. My friends when I tell you, jumping and screaming ensued I am totally not kidding. It was Christmas at the Caffeinated House. So that very evening I gave the hubby some mad money, and sent him out to play while I got cuddly with the Killer Duke. I consumed this in one swoon! Mini review: suspenseful, romantic, and swoon-worthy, with a surprise reveal that blew my mind. Brilliant!

Do I really need to continue? Have you bought a copy yet? Need more convincing? OK, let us continue shall we…

Temple is one of the owner’s of the Fallen Angel a nightclub for gambling. Twelve years ago, he was accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. He has been plagued for years by that fateful night which stole his memory and changed his life. Since then he reigns over the darker corners of London and has gained power, and the fear of men. They call him the Killer Duke. While he is surrounded by friends in his heart he seeks answers and redemption. Mara planned never to return to the ton, but her weasel of a brother has gambled away her inheritance and risking the things she cares about. So she goes to Temple offering to restore his name, and the tale that unfolds is positively delicious.

First I have to say that MacLean has created the most scrumptious alpha males. They are the owners of the Fallen Angel and all are scoundrels. All are smart, and brilliant in their own right. Together they make the Fallen one of the most successful gambling halls in all of London. Their reputations precede them, but we and a few lucky ladies know that beneath their hard, yummy exteriors are the sweetest, most loyal and romantic men you will ever want to meet. Temple is stubborn, doesn’t trust and often sees things as black and white. The events of the past torture him and a small part of him feared the worst; that he was indeed the Killer Duke. Mara was sweet, smart and tough. As MacLean peeled back her layers, I felt for this passionate, headstrong woman and wanted her to find happiness. Ooh but they are both stubborn. They hold back, never quite trusting their feelings which made the tango they danced tormented and delicious. I loved their banter it was both wicked and witty causing me to laugh and swoon. The sexual tension was scintillating and heated the pages. The rest of the scoundrels and their woman made appearances adding to the tale. Of course, we have a villain to loathe and loathe him I did. I wanted to slap him and run him from town.

No Duke Goes Unpunished was a wonderful addition to the Rules of Scoundrels. MacLean has a gift for grabbing the reader from the first page and holding them hostage as she allows the tale to unfold and entwine them. The story was filled with twists and turns as she increases the heat, humor and suspense. She brings the Fallen to life before the reader’s eyes from the gambling hall to the boxing ring. Each of the women she has introduced have been strong, outspoken and intelligent. I love these feisty woman almost as much as I love our tormented alpha males. Mara and Temple’s story was perhaps one of my favorites. It was filled with humor, as well as heat. The way in which Mara has lived the past twelve years was interesting, and the characters it introduces us to completed the tale. The romance was swoon worthy, and while the sexual tension was high, MacLean made us wait for dessert..but it was worth the wait. MacLean gave me a good romp, and I enjoyed the ride to my HEA. The epilogue is not to be missed for fans of the series, as information is revealed about Chase our beloved leader….but you will have to read it for yourself. These lips are sealed. *grins with a mischievous sparkle in my eye*

My gushing has come to end. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished was positively delightful addition and one I recommend you read post haste. If you haven’t tried historical romance might I suggest you begin with this series? The fourth book has yet to be titled, but I think we all know whose story we are getting..eep!

Five cups of coffee out of five
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About Sarah MacLean

MacLean burst onto the romance scene with Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake, the first in her best-selling and critically acclaimed three-book Love By Numbers series. In early 2012, she began her new, pre-Victorian Rules of Scoundrels series with A Rogue by Any Other Name, which received the 2013 RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. The third book in the series, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, won the 2014 RITA Award. When she is not writing romance, Sarah travels the country to discuss the romance genre and its place in both gender and cultural studies. She writes a monthly column celebrating the best in romance for the Washington Post, and her columns have appeared in the New York Times Book Review and Parents Magazine. She is also a vocal advocate for issues relating to education and literacy. She lives in New York City with her husband, her daughter and their dog.

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69 Responses to “No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean”

  1. Krazzyme

    I’M dying to read Chase’s book! Wasn’t sure I would read this one but you have CONVINCED me! *runs off in search of money*

    (Ok this is the 3rd time I’m trying to comment, hope this works )

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  2. Cyn

    oooh 5 cups! I’m so excited! I sorta just skimmed the review because I didn’t want to spoil anything, but I’ll come back to read it again when I’ve read the book haha. I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      No worries, I do try to avoid spoilers. Enjoy Cyn it is one heck of a ride!

        • kimbacaffeinate

          Right, I have been thumbing through the previous books myself! Now we wait for the next book *sigh*

  3. Jenny

    Okay, I skimmed your review because I just bought this late last night and read the first few chapters when it finally downloaded on my Kindle at midnight. I love Sarah MacLean so much and I have been not-so patiently waiting for Temple’s story. I’m not a huge fan of Mara at the moment for reasons (I’m only on chapter 3), so I’m curious to get a full explanation of why she did what she did so that I can start to root for her. So glad to know you loved this one though, that makes me certain she’ll be winning me over in no time!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ah, if it helps I felt the same way you do in the beginning 🙂

  4. Nick

    I got my copy of this book today and the first thing I did was read the last page of the epilogue and I thought I read something wrong because I just woke up, but OMG, Kim! HOW?WHAT? I didn’t even think that was the twist the author had been mentioning for so long! And now I’m beyond excited as you can tell.
    Anyways, Sarah MacLean never fails to amaze me. She’s such a fabulous story teller and I have no doubt that the romance between Mara and Temple is sizzling. I’m looking forward to getting to know these two better.
    Lovely review, Kim!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Cheater! I was so good, and waited till the end to read it. Enjoy my friend!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh, I was like one of those crazy ladies on the price is right who get’s told to come on down!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes you should and this is a wonderful series to start with :)She can bring the heat too!

  5. Tammy

    A scoundrel appeals because doesn’t every girl want to be the one to tame the bad boy 🙂

  6. Lindy

    Excellent Review! I love scoundrels of the hot, intelligent, alpha male sort! I love historical romances, and that’s all I use to read when I was younger. I love how they take you to another place, and time! I haven’t read one in forever, and by reading your review, I realize how much I miss them. This is one I am adding to my TBR right now! Have you read anything by Catherine Coulter? Her historical romances are my favorite. My number 1 historical romance series is Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers. I think these books are out of print now. They were my mom’s books, and I devoured them!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have read so many Catherine Coulter books! love her 🙂 For years I went through a historical romance phase, then I switched to paranormal. Now I read a different flavor ever other day. I try to read at least two historical romances a month and MacLean has become a favorite 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh Lily, this is so true, unless it is a book I am dying to have, they go into my tbr pile and well..pile up!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, good to know, yes if you do not like these I wil eat my hat 🙂

  7. aurian

    I am just sitting here laughing about your post. I told my boyfriend you send your husband away to go play, so you could read your book in peace. He told me, if I ever tried to do that with him, he would rip the last page out of the book first. Lol. He is really incensed with the idea alone. Lucky for me, my boyfriend leaves me in peace while reading a really good book.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ah, well we have been married 25 yrs and the hubby loves to occasional play the tables at the casino, so he was excited too 🙂 He supports my reading habits, and would have kept himself busy at home, but I wanted him to have a good time too. Oooh and tear a book..*shivers*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was a huge bound ARC, kind of looks like a giant school paper, with two pages of “book” per page and is awkward to read. I would have consumed it anyway, but darn my eyes and that faded ink 🙂 At least it ended on a happy note 🙂

  8. Anita H

    Thanks for the great review!! So looking forward to getting my hands on this book. I love all of Sarah’s books and I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this one 🙂

  9. Ada

    Good to see you got a complete copy of the book in your Avon package. I would have cried if I got one I couldn’t read either! Sarah writes the best books, definitely looking forward to reading this one as well. Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hahaha, Vilia I kick myself for reading it too fast too, but while I am reading it…there is no stopping me..LOL

  10. Morena Black

    I love scoundrels because they don’t go by the rules, they’re wicked and yummy 😀

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *hugs* I am unplugged but had to reply..hehe. So glad you enjoyed this one too 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, you so need to try her, and this series has been wonderful!

  11. Linnae

    You had me at “feisty” heroine. The cover is one of the nominations for our cover contest this year and I have been intrigued about the story inside. I love the use of stairways on many of the 2013 romance covers.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the staircases too, and this series is wonderful from the romance to the suspenseful twists.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The key Victoria is that beneath their bad boy reps, is a misjudge, yummy hero. This series is one of my favorites

  12. Amy

    The scoundrels appeal to me, because they are layered. They are good & passionate on the inside wrapped in a street-smart, witty bad boy on the outside. Self-made men attracted to strong & feisty women. Yummy.